Sacred Acts: How Churches Are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate
Sacred Acts documents the stories and strategies of people of faith working to define a new movement, where honoring creation means protecting the planet. This anthology celebrates diverse actions taken by faith communities to address global warming through stewardship, spirituality, advocacy, and justice. It shows how churches can play a critical role in confronting climate change--perhaps the greatest moral imperative of our time. This book gathers leading voices such as environmental justice advocate Peggy Shepard, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, and faith-based organizers LeeAnne Beres and Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry. The stories shared include the power of energy efficiency, green jobs, natural burial, disaster response, immigration reform, resilient agriculture, and more.
Natural Saints: How People Of Faith Are Working To Save God’s Earth
Natural Saints documents a pilgrimage across the country to collect stories of environmental actions grounded in faith. With two daughters in tow, Mallory McDuff visited more than 50 faith communities integrating the environment into their ministries, such as feeding the hungry, responding to natural disasters, and promoting justice. At All People’s Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the sanctuary became a free farmer’s market with produce grown by youth in the church. In Western North Carolina, parishioners at La Capilla de Santa Maria weatherized their building to decrease the utility bills that took up a fifth of the annual budget. During her travels, McDuff saw the power of her own upbringing in the Episcopal faith in a family that gave up trash and even driving for the forty days of Lent. Congregations and individuals seeking to integrate care of creation into their faith community will find inspiration and concrete advice in the lives of these natural saints.
Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques
Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques presents theories and practice relevant to conservation scientists, resource managers, students, citizen activists, and environmental educators who want to develop education and outreach programs. The book explores more than 60 specific techniques for using social media, designing on-site programs, enhancing school resources, changing conservation behaviors, creating community partnerships and more. Case studies from around the world illustrate the strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating conservation education programs.